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This Fissured Land: An Ecological History of India

Madhav Gadgil and Ramachandra Guha


This book emphasizes the significance of various ways of resource use in India. This book is divided into three parts. The first part examines the several forms of restraint on resource use reported from human societies. In the second part, a new interpretation of how the cultural and ecological mosaic of Indian society came together is discussed. The last part presents a socio-ecological analysis of the new modes of resource use which were introduced by the British, and which have continued to operate, with modifications, after Independence in 1947. It also indicates that the British colonial ... More

Keywords: resource use, India, socio-ecological analysis, British colonial rule, ecological history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198077442
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077442.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madhav Gadgil, author
Former Professor of Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Ramachandra Guha, author
One of India's best-known historians, and a full-time author and columnist.

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